Posted: March 23, 2012
In the January 23 issue of NFDA Bulletin, you learned about the General Accountability Office's (GAO) latest report on funeral service. The report concluded that state officials have a mixed opinion regarding the need for future federal involvement in regulating funeral service. The report is an update of a study GAO did in 2003 at the request of Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), who was then chairman of the Senate Special Committee on Aging.
The report's findings raise a basic question for Congress and the FTC: Do consumers need additional protections by establishing uniform basic federal standards when dealing with cemeteries, crematories and third-party sellers – similar to the Funeral Rule – regardless of any applicable state law.
NFDA Senior Vice President of Advocacy John Fitch has completed his analysis of the report and it is available in the April 2012 issue of The Director; see the "Washington Wire" column by on page 14. Members who haven't yet received their printed copy of the magazine in the mail can view the article in the digital edition of the magazine, available at www.nfda.org/digitaldirector (login required).
The full GAO report is available online: http://gao.gov/products/GAO-12-65.
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